Demi Lovato has long been a powerful advocate for de-stigmatizing mental illness, and has bravely spoken out about her own battles with bipolar disorder, addiction and an eating disorder.
Today (Oct. 5), Demi made an appearance on MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall, and she was definitely not afraid to speak her mind when it comes to the way some people have been talking about mental illness after the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College on Thursday.
Hall pointed out that the conversation around mental health is finding a national spotlight in the wake of the shooting.
"Well, unfortunately, we've had several instances where mental health has been brought to the attention by the media because of these tragedies," Demi said.
"I think it's really important," she continued, "to remember that actually mental health -- people with mental illness are actually more likely to inflict harm on themselves and become the victim rather than be the perpetrators."
The pop star went on to discuss her own history of mental illness, empowering others to speak out about the issue and why she's been urging Congress to pay attention to the national initiative "Be Vocal: Speak Up For Mental Health." You can watch the full interview here: